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The Characters of Christmas: Advent Resource

Advent begins December 3, 2017.

“Advent” derived from Latin word adventus, which is a translation of the Greek word Parousia, which means “coming.”

The idea of Advent celebrations is that the church is preparing to celebrate the “coming” of Jesus the Christ, as he was born as the incarnate Son of God.  Advent also looks forward to the “Second Coming of Jesus.”

The idea behind Advent is that Jesus is always coming to us in come fashion to reveal God’s saving grace.  So, the stance of the Church during Advent is Expectant Waiting It s time of spiritual preparation for the appearing of Christ

Reading Between The Lines has prepared a wonderful curriculum for your Advent spiritual preparations, titled:  The Characters of Christmas.  Your can learn more when you watch this brief video.

Important If You Are Near Charlotte, NC

There is a significant event taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina.

This Charlotte Event, will take place October 22, 2017, from 4:oo-7:30PM.

Information is available in the brief, three minute video.  Watch it now.

NEW Youtube: Reading Between The Lines

Recently I began working part-time as the “subscription sales representative” for Reading Between The Lines / TeenText, publication for The Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.

Reading Between The Lines / TeenText is a lectionary based resource perfect for individual study and group discussion.  Additionally, other thematic resources are produce on occasion, most recently Reading Between The Lines of the European Reformation.  Please visit the STORE tab at The Educational Center to get more details.

I have been busy building a wider social media footprint for the organization.  Most recently, I launched its YouTube channel.  I’d like to invite you to subscribe.  Here the welcome video to Reading Between The Lines / TeenText:


Final Sermons: What’s Next?

This was the second to last sermon preached to the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.  It explored “What’s Next” for the people and pastor.  The text is Matthew 6:33:  “Seek first the Kingdom of God and the righteousness of God.”

“He tells us what to release and what to hold on to.”

Final Sermons: Journey In Stages

Genesis 12 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Abram’s Call and Migration. 1 The Lord said to Abram: Go forth[a] from your land, your relatives, and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. 2 [b]I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will find blessing in you.[c]
4 Abram went as the Lord directed him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. 5 [d]Abram took his wife Sarai, his brother’s son Lot, all the possessions that they had accumulated, and the persons they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, 6 [e]Abram passed through the land as far as the sacred place at Shechem, by the oak of Moreh. The Canaanites were then in the land.
7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said: To your descendants I will give this land. So Abram built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved on to the hill country east of Bethel, pitching his tent with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. He built an altar there to the Lord and invoked the Lord by name. 9 Then Abram journeyed on by stages to the Negeb.[f]